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One of the gains of Professor Van Mons, to which I cannot affix the exact data. The tree is a good grower, does well upon quince and standard, and is very prolific. As we have not too many "good and certain bearers," I thought this fruit was worthy of notice. Although not very large, nor of the very highest quality, it bears, and sticks so well to the tree, and is of such handsome color, that I deem it valuable indeed.
Fruit round, or pyriform, depressed, of medium size. Skin green and red, changing toward maturity to yellow and crimson. Flesh very melting, half buttery, firm, with a decided flavor, and sugar enough. Ripens slowly, and without.decaying at the core, from beginning to end of September. In the South it ripens in August, but I have kept specimens from the same tree as long as the 15th of September, having tested the first ones about the 3d of August.
It is uniformly fair in shape and color, and has been a regular bearer with me these last four years, in New Jersey. I found it still better, larger, and more colored in Georgia, where I picked half a dozen fruits from a tree planted in February, the same year, all in perfect condition.